We heard last week that Samsung – the world’s top mobile manufacturer – isn’t interested in working alongside Zuckerberg & Co to develop a “Facebook-friendly” smartphone.
On a similar note, we’re hearing that various other manufacturers are turning their noses up at the notion of Facebook Home-enabled models.
That’s the story according to good old DigiTimes, with credit going to anonymous “industry sources”.
The sources say that manufacturers including Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, ZTE and Huawei are reluctant to “joint launch” phones alongside Facebook.
That’s largely because sales of the HTC First were “extremely disappointing”, with the European launch seemingly canned.
To make matters worse, Facebook Home has been largely panned, with half of the 20,000 Google Play reviewers awarding it just one star out of five.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg was quick to defend Facebook Home, pointing out that it’s “a very early version”. Or maybe it’s just a rubbish idea that people aren’t really interested in.
Poor Facebook. Despite its massive user base, the smartphone world seems reluctant to let Zuckerberg & Co muscle in. Maybe they should just go back to being, like, a social network?